Air Force cancels upcoming Red Flag-Alaska exercise

FAIRBANKS, Ak - The U.S. Air Force anounced today that the large-scale, multi-national military exercise known as Red Flag-Alaska will be cancelled due to budget concerns.

Red Flag - Alaska is Pacific Air Force's premier combat flying training exercise which normally takes place on Eielson Air Force Base and utilizes the Joint Pacific Alaskan Range Complex.

The April exercise was to include Air Force units from across the Pacific as well as participation by Canada and the United Kingdom.

PACAF plans to honor commitments made to those countries by extending them use of JPARC airspace and range.

In a statement, Air Force officials say PACAF is working hard to mitigate the effects of sequestration on remaining exercises and aerial events.

Air Force officials have not said whether cancellation of the exercise is related to plans to move the F-16 Agressor Squadrom from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage